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Vandals target disabled Great Cornard man's car for second time in a year


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Kevin O'Connell's car has been vandalised, a year after it was targeted..The passenger door of his red Mercedes has been left with gauges and scratches.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4257759)
Kevin O'Connell's car has been vandalised, a year after it was targeted..The passenger door of his red Mercedes has been left with gauges and scratches.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4257759)

A disabled man whose car was targeted by vandals – for the second time in a year – has described the incident as a personal attack.

Kevin O’Connell discovered the passenger door on his red Mercedes Benz had been vandalised, with gouges and scratches, at the weekend.

The 55-year-old’s car was targeted in a similar offence last year.

“Clearly, someone has a grudge against me,” said Mr O’Connell.

The incident took place near Mr O’Connell’s home in Hawthorn Road, Great Cornard, while his car was parked in a disabled bay, on Saturday, at some point between 2pm and 6pm.

The wheelchair user has no explanation as to why his car was singled out.

“I clearly have been targeted because no other vehicles have been damaged,” he said.

Mr O’Connell questioned why the culprit has not confronted him, instead of damaging his car.

“It beggars belief,” he said. “If someone doesn’t like something about me or my family, why don’t they come and say it to me?”

In last year’s incident, Mr O’Connell was left disappointed by a perceived lack of response after he reported the matter to police.

He is now frustrated that a second “vicious attack” may be left unresolved again.

“I’m paying the price for someone else’s vandalism,” he said.

Mr O’Connell said the car had sentimental value as it is named in honour of his late mother-in-law, Pauline.

The father-of-two has been left severely restricted on where he can travel while repair work is carried out on the car.

“The impact is going to be enormous,” he added.

Anyone who has information should call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime incident number SC15092018-329.



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